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Definition of pare verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pare
    he / she / it pares
    past simple pared
    -ing form paring
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  1. 1to remove the thin outer layer of something, especially of fruit pare something She pared the apple. pare something from something First, pare the rind from the lemon. pare something off/away He pared away the excess glue with a razor blade.
  2. 2pare something (back/down) to gradually reduce the size or amount The training budget has been pared back to a minimum. The workforce has been pared to the bone (= reduced to the lowest possible level). see also parings
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pare